The importance of the LGBT community continues to grow and grow within the English game.
With more and more clubs openly supporting LGBT and fans at numerous clubs setting up LGBT supporters groups, English football is finally becoming up to date.
It was Premier League giants Manchester United that tonight announced they’d become the first UK football club to be partnered with LGBT equality charity Stonewall UK.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 7, 2017
To which one small-minded troll replied.
— Manchester United (@Fortunefilmzng) March 7, 2017
Bolton’s Twitter account came across the tweet and clearly weren’t going to let the troll have the last laugh. It’s fair to say that their simple response to the homophobia had the right kind of effect with almost 2,000 retweets since being tweeted.
The response from Bolton Wanderers emphasises the stance on homophobia which clubs within the Football League are taking. Clubs and fans are now working hand in hand to try to eradicate this form of discrimination from the English game, with many prominent LBGT groups already functioning at clubs like Notts County, Bradford City and so on.
League One’s Charlton Athletic are even taking it one step further and will be dedicating their fixture against highflyers Scunthorpe tonight to fighting homphobia. Every player will wear a Football v Homophobia t-shirt whilst warming up and the players will walk out to the mascot waving rainbow flags.
Development manager Lisa Squires told the club website
“We’re proud to be hosting our first Football v Homophobia game.
There is no place for homophobia in football and this is something that as a club we have been very strong on.”
Dedicated events like this one only further show how far the English game has come. This positive progression will continue until a day when individuals are no longer subject to persecution simply because of who they are.
It’s 2017, there’s no place for homphobia in football.